Three Takeaways on the Protests for Racial Equality

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Jul 05, 2020 | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ashley Quarcoo

In this paper for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  Ashley Quarcoo argues that as dissatisfaction with democracy rises in the West, critical examination of and improvements in states’ relationships with their racial and ethnic minorities may provide an opportunity to burnish democratic institutions that must respond to the needs of all their citizens. Three takeaways are discussed: The Corona virus is both a cause and consequence of protest; all western democracies have an enduring race problem; and the cross-cutting makeup of the protests may increase their sustainability and impact. However, as protests subside, and potential new waves of the coronavirus and economic devastation recapture public attention, the durability of this moment is uncertain.


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